Monday, November 4, 2019

Menu Plan Monday: Week of November 4th

Welcome to Menu Planning Monday!

How was your week? Did you stick to the plan you made?

As for us, we did for the most part.  We enjoyed a lovely time for great-grandmother's 89th birthday this weekend, and we helped my parents move some items to their new home.

This week we are on a semi-normal schedule. I'm working from home today instead of the church due to a plumbing issue. Those are always fun right? BUT GOD is working things out for us so it is a blessing in disguise!

Back to menu planning! This week we will have praise and worship practice, church and assisting with any moving my parents may need.

So here's what our menu is going to look like for the week!

Monday - Chicken Alfredo
Tuesday - Meatloaf and veggies
Wednesday - Youth group at church - leftovers
Thursday - Son will make dinner - I have him in charge of supper one night each week. He will come up with his shopping list and plan.
Friday - Possible date night with friends
Saturday - Grill Burgers and hot dogs
Sunday - Pork chops on grill

So what does your week look like? Hope it's a fantastic one! Have any great recipes you want to share?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Thankful Thursday

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910. I'm thankful for a sideline view of God working in other people's lives. There are some amazing testimonies of what God is doing, and I'm so thankful I get to watch as He continues working today.

911. I'm thankful for fall. It hasn't quite FELT like fall yet here in Florida, but it's coming.

912. I'm thankful for the young man my son is becoming. He is growing up entirely too fast, but it is awesome to watch God do His thing.

913. I'm thankful for the opportunity to be the chaplain for the local high school girl's basketball team for the 4th year. They are amazing young women and I love getting to know each of them as they journey through their high school careers.

914. I'm thankful for family close by

915. I'm thankful for quiet time in the morning

916. I'm thankful that I have a hubby who is supportive and my biggest fan

917. I'm thankful for peppermint mocha coffee being back. I'm still waiting till a little further into November to open it and use it, but I have it at the ready!

918. I'm thankful that even though it is a tough job some days, I get the chance to hang out with teens and walk with them. I'm thankful that God is allowing me to be in their lives and to see Him moving

919. I'm thankful for the tough days. The days when your body is just exhausted and your mind taps out.

So, what are you thankful for this week? Remember to always give thanks and appreciate even the tough situations!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Menu Plan Monday: Week of October 28th - November 3rd

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One thing I try to stay consistent with is menu planning. I have a big dry erase board that it is attached to the side of my refrigerator. Each week I come up with a menu that lists what I plan for supper and what outside activities we may have. For example, Wednesday nights are youth group night and we serve food there. That is one night I do not have to cook, wahoo!

Also, recently I've started having my son cook one meal a week. He gets to choose what he wants to cook, make sure we have the ingredients, and it is up to him to make it happen. Yes, I still stand and oversee in case he has questions etc. However, it is up to him to get supper on the table that night. I want him to be prepared for his future, and let's face it, a guy that knows his way around the kitchen is awesome!

This week is quite busy with outside activities so I am trying to make it easy on myself by cooking items that will last more than one meal. Leftovers truly are a blessing when you have a lot of out of the house activities.

So, here's a look at what we're eating this week.

Monday - Trim Healthy Mama Chicken Quiche. It is a super easy, super yummy "S" meal out of the Trim Healthy Table cookbook. It makes a TON when you go by the original recipe so it will feed us for multiple meals.

Tuesday - Either leftovers or Boo Bear is up for cooking his meal of the week

Wednesday - This is our youth night so we'll eat at the church

Thursday - Trunk or Treat - Chili at the church

Friday - Dad grills for us

Saturday - Eating at Nana's - Sometimes it means leftovers, other times it means that we will pick something up on the way home

Sunday - Burgers and hot dogs on the grill

Why do I menu plan? For us, it is a great way to stay on budget at the grocery store and to know what is needed during the week. This also helps to reduce the, what's for dinner panic at 4 p.m. every day. Yes, I still deal with that sometimes EVEN thought I have a plan. That is why there is always some grace sprinkled throughout. Sometimes you have a very long day and you just don't feel like cooking. Other times, you just don't like the sounds of what you have on the board. For those days, we either make something super easy in my BFF, the Instantpot, or dad can pick up something on the way.

Creating this menu for the week is super simple, and helps to reduce stress on Mama for sure.

So, what are some of your favorite meals to have on a rotation? Comment below!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Christmas Jars Movie Review and GIVEAWAY! (Sponsored Post)



The holiday season is upon us! I love this time of year. From the fall weather to football, Thanksgiving, and of course, CHRISTMAS! With the Christmas seasons comes amazing movies. Of course, there is the Hallmark Channel movies, your favorite Christmas comedy, and those truly tear jerking movies you love to watch that truly mean Christmas is upon you.

Our family has our favorites we love to watch starting on the day after Thanksgiving. I have now added one I will need to watch again and again. The Christmas Jar is a new movie being released in theaters on November 4th for one night only. This movie is rated G so it's perfect to take the entire family to view on this awesome one-night event. Check out the trailer below and be sure to grab your tickets!

I was super excited to get a pre-screening of this film and fall in love with all of the characters. This is definitely a heartwarming tale that will require your tissues before it is through. Based on a book written by Jason F. Wright, this family-friendly movie is one you're sure to add to your must-watch holiday list.

In the movie you'll meet Hope Jensen who is a reporter with an interesting life story. As she is trying to make her way in the world as a budding reporter, she discovers a mysterious gift on her door step. As she dives deeper into this Christmas Jar gift that appeared out of nowhere, she learns so much more about herself than she ever thought she would. Here's another great clip to see just what happens with Hope!

This movie is sure to bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart as you follow Hope and you fall right into her story. Learning about the Christmas Jar miracle and what it means to those who have received is guaranteed to put you in the true Christmas spirit. As you journey through this adventure with Hope you learn that "kindness is contagious". It would be a great idea for this world to actually put that mantra into action.

You'll love the ups and downs of this story as you journey through to Christmas Eve with Hope Jensen and her friends. You need to grab your favorite blanket, some hot cocoa, and settle in for this amazing film.

If you're looking for the perfect family-friendly way to start off the holiday season, this is it! Consider heading to the theater on November 4th for the one night only premier of this movie on the big screen. You can purchase your tickets early to make sure you get to take advantage of this opportunity.



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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Thankful Thursday

900. I'm thankful for a fantastic youth night. It is amazing to watch God work in the lives of the young people in this generation.

901. I'm thankful for friends who constantly spur me on to keep pushing forward.

902. I'm thankful for reminders that no matter what is going on in the chaotic world around us, God is still in control.

903. I'm thankful for chats with friends who've moved away.

904. I'm thankful for pumpkin spice coffee. However, just a few cups is enough. I'm not a fanatic or anything... or am I???



905. I'm thankful for cool fall mornings and evenings. It gives us a break to relax and unwind from the 90 degree days.

906. I'm thankful for the sideline view I have of this guy growing up. It is way too fast for this Mama, but it is amazing.

907. I'm thankful for God providing opportunities that I never dreamed of before.

908. I'm thankful for the women at my church who pour into us younger generation with their wisdom. Each of us have lessons and insight we can share with those who are coming along behind us. Don't keep it to yourself!

909. I'm thankful for time with friends to just hang out and laugh. Laughter truly is the best medicine ever prescribed!

What are you thankful for this week? Share with me below so we can rejoice together!

Colossians 3:15
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful"

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thankful Thursday

890. I'm thankful for time with old friends and making new ones.

891. I'm thankful for the honor of being a part of baptisms this past week when 10 people took the next step in their faith walk!

892. I'm thankful for an amazing group of teens that I get to hang out with weekly. They challenge me, push me to be better, and amaze me on a weekly basis!

893. I'm thankful for finding supplements that actually work for me! I'll have to share more about that later but just know, they work!

894. I'm thankful for the ability to homeschool and the freedom it can give you while spending time with your children.

895. I'm thankful that football season is around the corner...

896. I'm thankful for cuddles with my Molly girl.

897. I'm thankful for dirt on the floor. It means that my family is here tracking it in.

898. I'm thankful for good books that suck you in and you just can't stop till you've finished the whole thing!

899. I'm thankful for friends who send you a "no" button because they know exactly how hard it is for you to say no sometimes. Those same friends who encourage you to say no, when you need to!

What are you thankful for this week?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Curriculum Choices 2019-2020 8th Grade Year

Ummm... did I just type that? 8th grade?? How did that happen so fast? Didn't I just take this photo yesterday?

Sigh...time moves entirely too fast Mamas. Make sure that you are cherishing every moment you can. Even those that bring you to tears or make you question if that phase will ever end? It will and a new one creeps up on you.

The next thing you know, they are almost taller than you and are doing things all on their own.

Okay, enough with the emotional stuff... Let's get on to what our 8th grade school year will look like.

We actually took the summer off this year due to a lot of fun adventures. It is the first time he's ever had a summer break in our entire career of homeschooling. Hopefully it works in our favor for when it is time to start back in a couple weeks!

Here we go!

Math and Science
We will continue doing these two subjects on Florida Virtual School. I'm thankful we have this free program to compliment our homeschool curriculum and keep us on track. The teachers we have had so far are wonderful and work with Boo Bear to make sure he does his best. This option is a great one for us as we do not want to do all of our school work on the computer. It gives us the option to pick and choose the courses, up to 6 classes at a time, that he can take. We typically stick with these two subjects as we like other options, for now, for the rest.

Grammar and Spelling
We are trying a different route this year with our grammar. We will be doing the ACE Paces for English and Word Building. These smaller books help Boo Bear to actually see completion throughout the school year and it helps him to keep pushing along. I have been a writer and editor for 10 plus years but I do NOT like English... Go figure... We are excited to try this program out this year and will keep you posted on how it works for us.

American History
We are using the NotGrass US History program this year. We started it a few years ago and did part of it. We really enjoyed it so we're going to finish it up and do a review for it this year. It is a great program that encompasses maps, quizzes, fun projects to reiterate what we've learned and so much more! 

Music
Boo Bear takes guitar weekly and plays on the youth worship band. This will be one of our extracurriculars through the year as well. 

We will also be making our regular frequent trips to the library for reading materials and research. He will be writing in a journal daily as well. Our field trips look different now that he is older. They are fewer and far between but mainly because he isn't as interested in those as he used to be. That's another sad fact of them growing up. The things that you USED to love aren't as appealing anymore and it's a hard pill to swallow. 

Okay, enough of me gushing over memory lane. This is going to be an exciting year ahead and there will be many adventures, I'm sure! 

What does your homeschool year look like?